Master of Arts in Teaching Certification Preparation

Please Note: While certification requirements can be met by undergraduate coursework, full completion of the MAT degree may be achieved only through the completion of graduate coursework. Students will need to substitute undergraduate work that meets certification requirements with other graduate level coursework in order to meet graduate degree requirements.

Background Check

Conviction, guilty plea, or nolo contendere plea involving a crime involving drugs, moral turpitude, or other criminal charges may prohibit licensure or employment as a professional educator.

Introduction

The Lindenwood University Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE http://dese.mo.gov/). The initial teacher education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) www.teac.org through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) www.caepnet.org.

Students who enroll in the College of Education and Human Services may select one of two pathways to completion of the program:

  • Successful completion of the Lindenwood University teacher education program qualifies the student for recommendation for teaching certification, issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE).
  • Those students who desire to work in an educational field but do not desire teaching certification may pursue the Master of Arts in Education degree.

Admission

The teacher education program is divided into two stages or benchmarks and is the result of action by the Curriculum and Instruction Program Council (CIPC). The council, broadly representative of all schools at the university, considers the student’s application to the teacher education program to be in stage one after the student has completed the five steps outlined below. A student who seeks entrance into the teacher education program typically does so after successful completion of 9 hours of education coursework. Students should apply during EDU 51500 Teacher Education Seminar. The student will not be allowed to enroll in most upper level or methods coursework until the student has been formally admitted at benchmark/stage one to the teacher education program. All application for admission to the teacher education program and admission to student teaching must be completed and submitted in Foliotek.

Stage One - Admission to Teacher Education

  1. The student has been accepted to the graduate program at Lindenwood University indicating the student has completed a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (including all college/university coursework) and met university admission standards.
  2. The student has completed nine hours of education coursework from the College of Education and Human Services.
  3. The student has achieved content area coursework GPA of 3.0, and a professional education coursework GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of C in all professional education and content area coursework.

  4. The student must have a Program Plan from their advisor.
  5. All materials must be uploaded to Foliotek and accepted before the student can be recommended to the Curriculum and Instruction Program Council (CIPC) for formal admittance into the Teacher Education Program.

Stage Two - Admission to Student Teaching

Acceptance into benchmark/stage two is required for admittance into student teaching. All application for admission to the teacher education program and admission to student teaching must be completed and submitted in Foliotek. The following are the requirements for admission to Stage Two.

  1. Candidate Information Sheet
  2. Résumé Application
  3. Philosophy of Education
  4. Program Plan from advisor
  5. TB Test Results
  6. MoCA Results 
    1. The teacher candidate has obtained a passing score on the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA). 
    2. The Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) are tests required for all student teacher candidates. The test should be taken after most of the content courses for the desired program have been successfully completed and prior to student teaching. Candidates must also pass the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment in order to be recommended for certification. A passing score on the MoCA exam demonstrates that the teacher candidate has mastered the subject area that will be taught.
    3. The correct MoCA exam is posted on the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessment (MEGA) website (www.mo nesinc.com). If a student is unsure of which test to take after reviewing the website, the student may contact the Advising, Retention and Certification Center at 636-949-4377 for more assistance.
    4. The teacher candidate is expected to have a minimum content GPA of 3.0.
  7. The teacher candidate is expected to have a minimum professional education coursework GPA of 3.0.
  8. Three letters of recommendation
  9. Family care safety registry clear background check
  10. Travel waiver
  11. Confidentiality agreement
  12. Substitute certificate
  13. Professional liability insurance

Teaching applications must be completed and submitted by:

October 15 for Spring Semester 

April 15 for Fall Semester  

Stage Three – Completion of Teacher Education Program

  1. The teacher candidate must earn a minimum professional education coursework GPA of 3.0.
  2. The teacher candidate is expected to have a minimum content GPA of 3.0.
  3. The teacher candidate is expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. This includes all coursework taken at Lindenwood and other institutions for college credit.
  4. The teacher candidate must successfully complete the student teaching course, EDU 60599 including all seminar sessions and portfolio requirements as identified by Lindenwood University in support of the Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES) Evaluation Assessment.
  5. Candidates are also required to complete all state required assessments. the Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES) with a satisfactory score to be recommended for certification.

Certification

Each state issues its own teaching certificates based on its own requirements. Upon passing the state-mandated exit assessment and successfully completing the planned degree program, each Lindenwood University College of Education and Human Services student applies for certification to teach in Missouri. The student who wishes to seek certification in other states should seek advice from the Department of Education in the state in which the student is seeking certification. A list of those contacts are located on the College of Education and Human Services webpage. The Lindenwood certification officer at arcc@lindenwood.edu can assist students who are pursuing certification in other states.

International students or students who have completed high school outside of the United States are also required to complete coursework in the following areas:

  • English composition, two courses, each a minimum of three credit hours
  • U.S. history, three credit hours
  • U.S. (National) government, three credit hours

Programs Leading to Certification

Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3)

Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Grade 3)

Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)

Master of Arts in Teaching Middle School Education (Grades 5-9)

Students seeking certification at the middle school education (Grades 5-9) level must complete the requirements for certification in the desired content instructional area

  • Business emphasis
  • English/Language Arts emphasis
  • Mathematics emphasis
  • Science emphasis
  • Social Science emphasis

Notes: (1) Each of the programs above leads to certification upon the student’s successful completion of the appropriate certification exam(s) and successful application for certification, submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE).

Secondary Education (Grades 9-12)

Students seeking certification at the secondary (Grades 9-12) level must complete the requirements for certification in the desired content instructional area in secondary education (Grades 9-12).

  • Biological Sciences emphasis
  • Business Education emphasis
  • Chemistry emphasis
  • English/Language Arts emphasis
  • Mathematics emphasis
  • Social Science emphasis

Education (Grades K-12)

Students seeking (Grades K-12) certification must complete the requirements for certification in the desired content instructional area in education (Grades K-12).

  • Art
  • Music-Instrumental
  • Music-Vocal
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Special Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a 45-credit hour program. Coursework required may extend 45 credit hours due to content area coursework. Coursework in content may be completed at an undergraduate level. Note that for all certification areas, further coursework in the content area beyond that which was required for the bachelor’s degree may be required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to be eligible for certification.

MAT students may be eligible for an alternative certificate if they meet the following criteria:

  • Conferred undergraduate degree closely aligned with their intended content field of certification (middle school, 9-12, or K-12 only).
  • Passed the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment in no more than two attempts prior to or during their first semester in the MAT program.
  • Met all DESE GPA requirements 3.0 in content and 3.0 professional coursework.
  • Completed all education coursework required for the MAT degree.
  • Completed student teaching and all state required assessments.
  • Students interested in pursuing alternative certification need assistant dean or dean approval. Additional content coursework may be required. 

A student entering the MAT program with a bachelor’s degree in the same content area of the content area certification pursued are able to complete the MAT program within 45 credit hours. Students who do not have the content coursework in the desired certification area would need to complete the required content coursework in addition to the 45-credit hour MAT program. Middle school certification preparation including content coursework is a 60-credit hour program. Elementary school certification preparation including all content is a 71-credit hour program. Early childhood certification preparation including all content is a 71-credit hour program, and early childhood special education certification preparation including all content is a 93-credit hour program. All areas include certification requirements.

The education courses required for certification, (not including specific content area specialty coursework that may be required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a subject certification) are described in the respective certification programs.

Teaching, MA Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 3) Certification Preparation

77-80 credit hours

Requirements

Major Coursework

EDS 51610Speech and Language Development, Acquisition, and Intervention

3

EDT 50900Innovation Mindset

3

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50300Elementary Reading Methods

3

EDU 50410Human Growth, Development, and the Exceptional Learner

3

EDU 50600Elementary School Language Arts Methods

3

EDU 50910Instructional Strategies, Techniques and Analysis of Literacy with Practicum

3

EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51310Instructional Design in Math, Science and Social Studies

3

EDU 51400Introduction to Family and Community Involvement for the Young Learner

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I

0-3

EDU 51700Introduction to Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education

3

EDU 52210Elementary Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 52500Introduction to Perceptual and Motor Development

3

EDU 52700Concepts of Cognitive Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

3

EDU 52900Creative Curriculum Materials for Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Programs

3

EDU 54410Elementary Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 54510Pre K-8 Health, Physical Education, and the Arts

3

EDU 55100Early Childhood Screening, Diagnosing and Prescribing Instruction

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

EDU 58200The Integrated Literature Curriculum

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

8-12

Teaching, MA Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Grade 3) Certification Preparation

96-99 credit hours

Requirements

Major Coursework

EDS 50200Behavior Management

3

EDS 51610Speech and Language Development, Acquisition, and Intervention

3

EDS 53000Introduction and Methods of Teaching Children with Disabilities in Cross-Categorical Settings

4

EDS 53700Special Education Counseling

3

EDS 55700Remediation in Elementary Math

3

EDT 50900Innovation Mindset

3

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50300Elementary Reading Methods

3

EDU 50410Human Growth, Development, and the Exceptional Learner

3

EDU 50600Elementary School Language Arts Methods

3

EDU 50910Instructional Strategies, Techniques and Analysis of Literacy with Practicum

3

EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51310Instructional Design in Math, Science and Social Studies

3

EDU 51400Introduction to Family and Community Involvement for the Young Learner

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I

0-3

EDU 51700Introduction to Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education

3

EDU 52210Elementary Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 52400Assessment of Intellectual Skills

3

EDU 52500Introduction to Perceptual and Motor Development

3

EDU 52700Concepts of Cognitive Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

3

EDU 52900Creative Curriculum Materials for Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Programs

3

EDU 54410Elementary Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 54510Pre K-8 Health, Physical Education, and the Arts

3

EDU 55100Early Childhood Screening, Diagnosing and Prescribing Instruction

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

EDU 58200The Integrated Literature Curriculum

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

8-12

Teaching, MA Elementary (Grades 1-6) Certification Preparation

71-74 credit hours

Requirements

Major Coursework

EDS 51610Speech and Language Development, Acquisition, and Intervention

3

EDT 50900Innovation Mindset

3

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50300Elementary Reading Methods

3

EDU 50410Human Growth, Development, and the Exceptional Learner

3

EDU 50600Elementary School Language Arts Methods

3

EDU 50910Instructional Strategies, Techniques and Analysis of Literacy with Practicum

3

EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51310Instructional Design in Math, Science and Social Studies

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I

0-3

EDU 52210Elementary Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 54410Elementary Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 54510Pre K-8 Health, Physical Education, and the Arts

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

EDU 58200The Integrated Literature Curriculum

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

8-12

ESOL 54000TESOL Methods

3

Teaching, MA Middle School (Grades 5-9) Certification Preparation

48-51 credit hours

The Master of Arts in teaching with middle school certification preparation program includes education coursework listed in the Middle School Curriculum Certification Preparation, in addition to, content/specialty area coursework.

Middle school education certification may be achieved in any of the following areas: business education, English language arts, mathematics, science, and social science. 

Requirements

Major Coursework

EDT 50900Innovation Mindset

3

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50410Human Growth, Development, and the Exceptional Learner

3

EDU 50710Content Literacy for Diverse Learners

3

EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I

0-3

EDU 52110Middle/High School Classroom Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 54310Middle School/High School Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 58700Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

3

EDU 58800Middle School Psychology

3

EDU 58910Middle School Philosophy, Curriculum, and Instruction

4

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

8-12

Secondary Methods Coursework

3 credit hours of content specialty area coursework from the following options:

EDU 53530Secondary Methods of Teaching Science

3

EDU 53531Secondary Methods of Teaching Mathematics

3

EDU 53534Secondary Methods of Teaching English

3

EDU 53535Secondary Methods of Teaching Social Sciences

3

EDU 53536Secondary Methods of Teaching Business Education

3

Teaching, MA Secondary Education (Grades 9-12) Certification Preparation

48-51 credit hours

Students wishing to be certified in secondary education must select one of the following content areas in which to specialize: biological sciences, business education, chemistry, English/language arts, history (social science), or math. 

Requirements

Secondary Education Certification Preparation Curriculum

EDT 50900Innovation Mindset

3

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50410Human Growth, Development, and the Exceptional Learner

3

EDU 50710Content Literacy for Diverse Learners

3

EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I

0-3

EDU 52110Middle/High School Classroom Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 54310Middle School/High School Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 58700Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

8-12

Teaching, MA Secondary Education (Grades 9-12) Certification Preparation Online

41 credit hours

This is offered as an online degree.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education Online Degree Program is designed for individuals currently employed in an instructional capacity within a school who are seeking initial teacher education certification in a secondary education content field. Courses are offered in a combination of 8-week and 16-week formats. To be accepted into the program, students must hold a baccalaureate degree in the content area or in a closely related field. Students must register for the designed Missouri Content Assessment (MOCA) within 30 days subsequent to acceptance into the MAT online program and earn a passing score on the designated MOA prior to enrollment in Semester II or taking any additional program related coursework.

Requirements

Semester 1 Coursework

9 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50410Human Growth, Development, and the Exceptional Learner

3

EDU 52110Middle/High School Classroom Teaching and Technology

3

Semester 2 Coursework

12 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

EDU 50710Content Literacy for Diverse Learners

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I

0-3

EDU 54310Middle School/High School Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 58700Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

3

Semester 3 Coursework

3 credit hours of content specialty area coursework from the following options:

EDU 53530Secondary Methods of Teaching Science

3

EDU 53531Secondary Methods of Teaching Mathematics

3

EDU 53532Secondary Methods of Teaching Modern Languages

3

EDU 53533Secondary Methods of Teaching Art

3

EDU 53534Secondary Methods of Teaching English

3

EDU 53535Secondary Methods of Teaching Social Sciences

3

EDU 53536Secondary Methods of Teaching Business Education

3

EDU 53538Secondary Methods of Teaching Music

3

EDU 53540Secondary Methods of Teaching Physical Education

3

Semester 3 Coursework - Additional

3 credit hours of coursework from the following option:

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

Semester 4 Coursework

8 credit hours of coursework from the following option:

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

8-12

Additional Coursework:

9 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

EDT 50900Innovation Mindset

3

EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

Teaching, MA Education (Grades K-12) Certification Preparation

42-45 credit hours

Students wishing to be certified in K-12 education must select one of the following content areas in which to specialize: art and design, instrumental music, vocal music, physical education, or Spanish.

Requirements

K-12 Certification Preparation Curriculum

EDT 50900Innovation Mindset

3

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50410Human Growth, Development, and the Exceptional Learner

3

EDU 50710Content Literacy for Diverse Learners

3

EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I

0-3

EDU 52110Middle/High School Classroom Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 54310Middle School/High School Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 58700Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

8-12

Secondary Methods Course

Three credit hours in content specialty area:
EDU 53530Secondary Methods of Teaching Science

3

EDU 53531Secondary Methods of Teaching Mathematics

3

EDU 53532Secondary Methods of Teaching Modern Languages

3

EDU 53533Secondary Methods of Teaching Art

3

EDU 53534Secondary Methods of Teaching English

3

EDU 53535Secondary Methods of Teaching Social Sciences

3

EDU 53536Secondary Methods of Teaching Business Education

3

EDU 53538Secondary Methods of Teaching Music

3

EDU 53540Secondary Methods of Teaching Physical Education

3

Teaching, MA Special Education (Grades K-12) Certification Preparation

95-102 credit hours

Requirements

Cross Categorical Special Education Certification Preparation

EDS 50200Behavior Management

3

EDS 51610Speech and Language Development, Acquisition, and Intervention

3

EDS 53000Introduction and Methods of Teaching Children with Disabilities in Cross-Categorical Settings

4

EDS 53700Special Education Counseling

3

EDS 54000Career Development

3

EDS 55000Practicum for Teaching Children with Disabilities in Cross-Categorical Settings

1-3

EDS 55700Remediation in Elementary Math

3

EDT 50900Innovation Mindset

3

EDU 50000Foundations of K-12 Education

3

EDU 50300Elementary Reading Methods

3

EDU 50410Human Growth, Development, and the Exceptional Learner

3

EDU 50600Elementary School Language Arts Methods

3

EDU 50910Instructional Strategies, Techniques and Analysis of Literacy with Practicum

3

EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education

3

EDU 51310Instructional Design in Math, Science and Social Studies

3

EDU 51500Teacher Education Seminar I

0-3

EDU 52210Elementary Teaching and Technology

3

EDU 52400Assessment of Intellectual Skills

3

EDU 54410Elementary Differentiation and Classroom Management

3

EDU 57000Educational Research

3

EDU 58200The Integrated Literature Curriculum

3

EDU 58404Advanced Measurement and Evaluation to Enhance Learning

3

EDU 60599Field Experience, Student Teaching

8-12

ESOL 54000TESOL Methods

3

Note: Courses above may have prerequisites.

Prerequisites:

MTH 14800Mathematical Structures for Teachers I

4

or

MTH 14900Mathematical Structures for Teachers II

3

and

MTH 15100College Algebra

3